DucklyIII (8) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2005 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Simply the most wonderful bier Iíve had the pleasure of tasting. The alcohol content, while high, is not overpowering at all! A sweetness that is accentuated by a full taste that perfectly compliments the appearance. The Aroma is not too strong, and masks the heavenly experience of the driink.
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
To start with, lets just say this beer made me question my disbelief in God, it is that good. Iíve had this on quite a few occasions, and it just tastes better every time, tonight sampled after the formidable Abbey des Rocs brune and Achel brune, this and Westy 12 are in a league their own...perfection. After having the two aforementioned, Iíll have to re-rate and slightly reduce my perfect rating on St Bernardus 12, great but not perfect in comparison. Poured into the stylin Rochefort chalice, a dark chestnut murly brown with a good one finger head that fades to a thin, lasting head...aroma of raisins, alcohol and to much more than this mere mortal is cabaple of discerning. The taste is very complex, yet very drinkable..alcohol present but taking a back seat to everything else. Taste is like figs, raisins, malts, chocoalte, and a chalky cocoa taste...amazing finish. Probably the greatest pleasure in life for the dollar.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
less evidence of alcohol than the 8. fantastic. notable candy sugar presence, but with huge complex malty notes. dark brown, full belgian flavor.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in a gold-rimmed Koningshoven trappist glass in celebration of my anniversary. Fizzed up in the bottle on opening, but no eruption. Dark brown with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma was bold with notes of dark fruit and spice, dark rum. Higly complex flavors with loads of spices and herbal notes. Very chocolatey throughout, and a bitter chocolate finish. Not overly sweet, and no hint of the high alcohol content. Superb in is subtlety and balance. Palate is a little lighter than I expected, making this beer much more drinkable than say a Dogfish Head WWS. The quality is apparent and the flavor is excellent, but here in the great beer desert of North Florida, only one store (Paradise Alley) stocks it and they charge an outrageous $11 per bottle. (theres a little lesson in monopoly pricing for you) Too pricey for me.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 $7.75 a bottle
I guess itís about time I tried one of these.
Poured almost black with a nice white head and good lacing.
Aroma of of malt, ripe fruits, spice and alcohol.
Flavor is roast, light chocolate, and coffee with alcohol at the finish.
Very good beer!
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Vineous, chocolatey, dark fruits aroma, and a fruitiness reminiscient of pears. Tastes malty, vineous, sweet and chocolatey. Dark fruits flavours. Hides it high alcohol very well. One of the best beers Iīve ever drunk.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 Richer dark fruit characters and candy. THe perfect pairing to a dark chocalate torte with a touch of raspberry . Big and bold mouthfeel while maintaining an appetizing delicacy,.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark carmel with a moderate amount of coarse tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, without much lace to speak of. The aroma is amazing--some seriously potent stuff! Spiced cake, ripe plums and cherries, toasted sugar, rum, a hint of cedar. Layer upon layer of aroma are slowly revealed. Spent ten minutes smelling this before I actually got around to tasting it! Flavors of dark carmel and a passing sweetness, and then a whole wash of flavors slowly erupt in my mouth. Every sensory surface is coated with some wonderful subtle profusion of flavor. Reminds me a bit of the finish of a sip of really fresh Ethiopian Yergacheffe. Remarkable! The palate is very delicate and surprisingly light, while still having some underlying weight. So often the whole "lighten the body with sugar" thing in Belgian and Belgian-style ales just does not work for me. Seems like it often results in harsh, unpleasant flavors. But tasting this...well, it totally makes sense now.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2006 [bottle from peckhams] Rochfort has sweet aromas of brown sugar and ripe fruits- plums and dates also some chocolate and liquorice there and a little alcohol. Full bodied and lightly spiced with a dry vinous finish. alcohol well concealed.
kwik-lime (1373) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 Excellent aroma, strong and malty. Poor appearance points because it has bits floating in it which is very noticable near the end and a little offputting. Taste is sweet, malty with fruity notes, very good. The alcohol content is certainly noticable though. Overall a good beer but I was slightly dissapointed considering what Iíve heard about this beer.